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State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with South Asia author 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in its new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Mauritania: Why do Haratine women still live in slavery? 

The government must step up efforts to eradicate all forms of slavery and provide health care for its most vulnerable citizens.Though facing serious obstacles Mauritania, 155th of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index, has been taking steps towards meeting the MDGs. In 2010 it was reported to be very close to halving extreme poverty, and had made slight progress...

Bolivia: Traditional healers and climate change 

As elsewhere in the indigenous Americas, there is a very significant distrust of formal mainstream medicine among Bolivia’s largely indigenous population and a particularly strong preference for traditional medicine. National surveys by the Ministry of Health indicate that 60 per cent of Bolivians turn to natural prescriptions before going to a modern physician. This occurs even in zones with some access to formal health...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

Cambodia: In remote Ratanakkiri province, resource exploitation puts pressure on indigenous communities 

Ploy Them is an ethnic Tampuan woman living in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia’s remote north-east.In 2004, Them says the government awarded a land concession to a firm that quickly opened up a large gem mining operation. Her fellow villagers were allowed to stay, but some of the gem mine infringed on the local community forest. By the time the company left several years later,...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Case studies 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Video: Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill health - State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Egypt: Christians victims of the growing Islamist non-Islamist divide; the urgent need for peace and reconciliation 

This report by Arab-West Report explains the context of the massive destruction of churches and Christian institutions in Egypt in August 2013. Very often media describe tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt in generalized terms, but this report prepared for the German organization, Missio, shows that tensions are primarily between Christians and Islamists.These tensions have deep roots dating back to the founding of...

Hungary: Roma children arbitrarily separated from families 

The case of a Roma woman whose children were taken away because of alleged ‘mental disabilities’ shows how social services are failing vulnerable families in Hungary.The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has been representing a case that shows eloquently how the most vulnerable people can be abused and how authorities treat them arbitrarily, affecting the most important aspects of their lives.A 20-year-old woman called LV...

Russia: Indigenous health care system in the remote areas of the north 

High prevalence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, particular problems with alcohol and mental health, and difficulties accessing health care are among the most pressing health problems facing indigenous peoples in Russia’s far north.There are few studies and little data on the health of indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic, because these groups live in remote areas with few medical services. Considerable variation exists...

Egypt: Nubian community health support systems 

The opening of a new hospital in Aswan only underlines the government’s long-term neglect of the health needs of Nubians.In January 2011, then President Mubarak inaugurated the new Aswan hospital; Aswan is the capital of Nubia in Southern Egypt. Meanwhile, in Cairo, the Nubian community had organized a support system for members of their community who need to access health care that was not...

Syria: Fears for ancient Christian communities continue 

Fears for Syria’s ancient Christian communities continue as they are attacked by both the militias and government forces.The Syrian Christian community makes up approximately 10 per cent of the population, but its size has been declining since the March 2011 uprising due to displacement and emigration. There are Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians. The number...

Europe: A bike ride to meet linguistic minorities 

My name is Emmanuel Le Merlus, I'm 42 years old. I'm Breton from Brittany to the North West of France. I'm an activist of the Breton language and culture. And I'm also interested in other European minorities. Brittany is populated by 4.5 millions Bretons. They are a Celtic people with a long history. The Breton language is close to other Celtic languages, particularly Cornish...

Egypt: Three Churches Pray for Abducted Minor Christian Girls 

The three Churches of Egypt were prompt in responding to calls for prayers, initiated by The Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED), in solidarity with abducted minor Christian girls.Both Rev. Rafik Graish, spokesperson of the Catholic Church, and Fr. Luka Rady of the Kousseya Archdiocese of Assyut governorate welcomed the initiative, indicating that they will recite the names of the disappeared...

Ethiopia: Foreign aid must not support oppression in the Horn of Africa 

Human rights violations are growing worse in Oromia. This is illustrated by the kidnapping and subsequent killings of Oromo refugees by the Ethiopian security forces.Despite such gruesome violations of human rights, some Western governments have kept on providing technical and financial support to the dictatorial regime, to the detriment of the oppressed.These simmering, bitter complaints have drawn thousands of Oromo men and women to...

Global: European Parliament urges the EU to fight caste discrimination 

The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries are seriously concerned about caste discrimination. On 10 October the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution that urges EU institutions to take action on this important global human rights issue. The EU must step up its efforts to eliminate caste discrimination, one of the world’s most serious human rights...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law addresses Ogiek about pending legal case 

In July 2013, Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Ogiek of Nessuit location, Nakuru District, to explain the effect of a recent court ruling in the Ogiek's against the Government of Kenya, currently pending before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.  The first case of its kind to be considered by the African Court, the case challenges the Ogiek's eviction...

Argentina: MRG report on health launched at UNICEF event 

MRG’s annual flagship report State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, which this year focuses on health, was launched in Argentina this week on the Day of the Children of the Mountains 2013. The cacique of the Amaicha del Valle community, Dr Eduardo Nieva, spoke alongside report authors Dr Viviana Crivelli of the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), and Professor...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples group slams DOJ dismissal on ‘Capion massacre’ 

Only days before the first anniversary of the murders of 27-year-old Juvy Capion and her two sons in an alleged armed encounter with elements of the of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Tampakan, Kimlawis, Davao del Sur, a resolution from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Digos City, Davao del Sur received by the complainant, Sukim K. Malid, ordered...

India: Communal violence against Muslim minority in Madhya Pradesh 

In Madhya Pradesh state of India hardly a month passes without one or another incident of communal violence not being reported. According to the information furnished in Indian parliament by the Central government, between 2009 and 2013, 432 communal incidents took place in the state and it was among the top three states in the country in this respect.On September 19, 2013 (Thursday), at...


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